Marili Forastieri Photography
Marili Forastieri Photography

Yes, you can live 90 minutes from NYC and still feel like you’re a zillion miles away. This nature-wrapped retreat on the river in Bellport is your key.

By Marisa Spyker

Long Island is filled with a string of little treasure towns, and quaint Bellport is one of them. A short drive from the heart of downtown lies this historic gem, which – lucky for you – happens to be on the market.  

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Marili Forastieri Photography

Built in the mid-1800s, the 4-bedroom clapboard farmhouse is set along the Carmans River on four acres of untouched land. The compound is a unique find along these shores, which are largely protected under New York State’s Wild, Scenic, and Recreation River Act.

“What I love most about this property is the setting,” said Howie Guja, a Bellport resident and real estate expert in Long Island. “Four acres of waterfront on the Carmans River means it is a true nature retreat, and it’s only minutes to downtown Bellport Village.” 

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White-washed and light-filled with five fireplaces throughout, the farmhouse combines the coziness of a woodsy escape with the casual vibe of a coastal retreat. Features like a claw-foot tub and stone-surrounded fireplace nod to its 19th-century roots, while high ceilings and a wide-open great room cater to more modern tastes.

Marili Forastieri Photography
Marili Forastieri Photography

In addition to the farmhouse, a handful of structures (including a guest house, garden house and studio) are hidden among a rugged landscape and connected by dirt footpaths carved into the ground from use.

Marili Forastieri Photography
Marili Forastieri Photography

Closer to the river, the footpaths give way to a boardwalk enveloped by foliage, which empties out onto a dock with charming river vistas and an adorable little boathouse (built in the ‘30s by a family who used the home as their summer escape). Now, the dock is the ideal lounge space for both meditation and cocktails at sunset.

Marili Forastieri Photography
Marili Forastieri Photography

The good news is that you don’t have to just imagine doing either of those things here, because the entire compound could be yours for $1,199,999. If you’re looking for a place to escape to on weekends (or permanently), we can’t think of a better spot.